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    • Brennan Herr
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      My new bow arrived on friday. It is a 56 inch Elkheart 50lbs at 28 inch with zircote/phenolic riser, creama etimoe limbs, and kudu tips. She shoots very well and the arrow tuning process will start shortly. Gregg did an outstanding job and was a pleasure to work with on the project. Enjoy a few pics!!!

    • coastalbendbows
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      Whew man that’s a beautiful bow. Very nice craftsmanship.

    • David Petersen
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      Brennan — Welcome to the Coffee Club! Indeed, Gregg makes every bow as if it was going on permanent display in the NY Museum of Art. What is your draw length? I have a friend who is on the verge of ordering a 58″ Elkheart for a 32″ draw, whoah! Small bows that shoot like big bows and look like art are addicting. There’s no need to say “Enjoy!” as there’s no way not to. 😀

    • Brennan Herr
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      Dave my draw length is coming in at 28.5 with the Elkheart…and “enjoy” is such an understatement!!! Well worth the ten month wait…but the last weeks are the longest!

    • Ben M.
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      I like the colors. Beautiful, in a subtle way. I’m glad for you, Brennan!

    • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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      Dave –

      Beautiful Bow! Gregg does an outstanding Job —

      Luv the TD set up

      I Hope it brings you much good luck, on the Elk Hunt this yr!

      Scout

    • David Petersen
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      Scout — I think you meant that for Brennan, rather than me? I hope to hunt elk this year with my Osage selfbow built by Clay Hayes. To feel confident, because it’s slower than the Java Man bow, I’ll want to use an even heavier arrow than usual which means getting even closer than usual which means lower odds than usual. But what the heck, if I try and fail to put together a high-odds shot with the wood bow, I have a back-up rifle season cow tag and can use my Elkheart to make meat then, just like it turned out this past year. Meat’s the bottom line but when you have two seasons to get it in, you can afford to play around a little. I’ve found my perfect forever go-to bow in the Elkheart and have already killed several elk and a couple of deer with it and its Shrew Classic Hunter predecessors. But I’ve never even shot at an elk with a wood bow, for fear of wounding and I’m way overdue. Only now, having the Ashby lethality basics pretty much figured out, do I feel fully confident. It’s all fun, and I don’t mean this to hijack our celebration of Brennan’s gorgeous new bow.

    • lyagooshka
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      Brennan: great looking bow. Being a javaMan, I’m sure it shoots as great as it looks. Congrats! Be well.

      Alex

      😀

    • Wexbow
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      What a beauty, hope it brings you mucho mojo brennan 😀

    • Goraidh
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      Man, that Elkheart is one beautiful bow. Certainly in the top five of my wish list. Congrat’s.

    • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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      Haha

      Sorry Dave-Brennan

      got confused — Good Luck to all who chase Wapiti this yr —

      Scout

    • Brennan Herr
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      Scout…no worries

      Dave…give me about 10 years or so with the Elkheart and I will turn to a self bow (maybe..lol).

      Thanks all for the complements and it was a long process to decide on the final woods for the bow (glad I had ten months it really went down to the wire). I went through so many different combinations but in the end I am so pleased with the way it turned out. The more I look at it the more detail I see in the wood.

      It handles and shoots really well for me…I am switching from my ’68 kodiak hunter so at first I really had to focus on my grip. The design of the riser helped me out tremendously and is extremely repeatable. I just have to make sure to keep the low wrist position. Now five days later and nearly 200 arrows it is starting to be second nature and the old kodiak which I shoot for 4 years nearly ever day feels alien in my had. I now feel tuning the arrows can go forward.

      If you are thinking of getting a javaman bow do it! Gregg is a great craftsman and very easy to work with.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      That’s a really gorgeous bow, Brennan!!

    • David Petersen
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      Brennan — It’s the thumb rest, visible in your top photo, that makes the Java Man grips special for me. With that as a Braille guide for your hand, you really can’t help but take precisely the same grip every time without even thinking about it. I’ve only met one shooter who didn’t like it … and even he changed his mind after a while. Gregg is a mechanical engineer by trade and it shows in subtleties of his designs, in the case of the grip for comfort, aka ergonomics, and invisibly in the high-performance limbs. I’m glad he’s making the Elkheart out to 58″, to accommodate long-draw shooters. I draw 28″ and can shoot a 52″ EH just fine, though mine is 54″. Such fun!

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      That’s very beautiful. I love that dark wood. Congratulations on your acquisition! dwcphoto

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